Why ritualized behavior? Precaution Systems and action parsing in developmental, pathological and cultural rituals

@article{Boyer2006WhyRB,
  title={Why ritualized behavior? Precaution Systems and action parsing in developmental, pathological and cultural rituals},
  author={Pascal Boyer and Pierre Li{\'e}nard},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={29},
  pages={595 - 613}
}
Ritualized behavior, intuitively recognizable by its stereotypy, rigidity, repetition, and apparent lack of rational motivation, is found in a variety of life conditions, customs, and everyday practices: in cultural rituals, whether religious or non-religious; in many children's complicated routines; in the pathology of obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD); in normal adults around certain stages of the life-cycle, birthing in particular. Combining evidence from evolutionary anthropology… 

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